Obesity prevention policy
The conditions we live in have an immense impact on our behaviours that support health. Adults and children have the right to live, learn, recreate, and work in environments and settings that support us to eat well and be physically active.
Cancer Council WA works to inform community discussion and stakeholder support for policies that create these supportive environments. This work is generously funded by Healthway and is undertaken in partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute.
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Cancer Council WA in partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute and other leading WA health and medical agencies call for the immediate removal of junk food advertising from WA Government property.
Cancer Council WA continues to raise awareness of the inappropriate relationship between sport and junk food advertising.
- Joint Statement on Protecting Children from Unhealthy Food and Drink Advertising on State-owned Assets: A united call to action by Western Australian leading health and medical agencies for the immediate removal of junk food advertising from WA Government property.
- Policy Brief : Prohibiting unhealthy food and drinks advertising on state-owned assets: A summary of research results commissioned by Cancer Council WA on the extent and harm of outdoor junk food advertising in Perth, and describes the regulatory approaches which are open to the WA Government to address unhealthy food marketing on their property.
- Food Advertising on School Buses: Commissioned research by the Western Australian Cancer Prevention and Research Centre (WACPRU) to understand the amount of unhealthy food advertising displayed at Perth train station and on buses stopping at a sample of Perth high schools on the first day of school for 2020.
- Junk-food filled neighbourhoods – Building a local evidence base for change: Commissioned research by the Telethon Kids Institute to investigate outdoor food marketing around Perth schools and current density of fast-food outlets in Perth. It builds the evidence for regulatory interventions required for outdoor advertising and planning reform to control fast food outlet development.
- Unhealthy Promotion in Elite Sport: When Burgers Aren’t Better: A report showing that every fourth Instagram post by elite WA sporting teams promotes unhealthy behaviours.
- Policy Brief: Reform of Western Australia’s planning legislative framework in order to promote specific public health objectives: Cancer Council WA has been working with researchers and partners to build the case to convince decision makers to implement a crucial public health recommendation, to amend the planning law to include health as a consideration in planning decisions. Cancer Council WA, together with the UWA Law School prepared this Policy Brief for decision makers in order to highlight why this is needed and met with the Minister for Planning’s office to present the brief.
- Critique of WA Planning Law and how community health is protected?: Cancer Council WA commissioned the UWA Law School to examine State Planning Law for opportunities to utilise and amend regulations to ensure health concerns are incorporated into planning decisions.
- Regulatory and law options to advance obesity prevention policy: A report prepared by UWA law school with Cancer Council WA a member of the advisory board, funded by Healthway.
Trapp G, Hooper P, Thornton LE, et al. Exposure to unhealthy food and beverage advertising during the school commute in Australia. J Epidemiol Community Health 2021; 0:1–4. doi:10.1136/jech-2021-217032
Chung A, Zorbas C, Riesenberg D et al, Policies to restrict unhealthy food and beverage advertising in outdoor spaces and on publicly owned assets: A scoping review of the literature. World Obesity 2021; e13386 doi.org/10.1111/obr.13386
- Western Australian Inquiry into the most effective ways to address food insecurity for children and young people affected by poverty – Cancer Council WA Submission.
- Review of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 Public Health and Consumer organisations call for food regulatory reform to put the health of Australian and New Zealanders first
- Review of Food Act 2008 (WA)
- Draft National Obesity Prevention Policy
- Perth Football Club seeks to appoint a Hungry Jacks Engagement Officer to promote the junk food brand in schools. A Croakey article describes how the junk food industry uses sporting endorsements to work around weak regulations and target school students.
- Buckethead given the OK to advertise KFC to children at Big Bash Cricket games. Cancer Council WA reflect on the disappointing outcome from an Ad Standard complaint in a blog published on Parents’ Voice.
- An epidemic of junk food marketing: A Croakey article examining the junk food and quick service industry capitalisation on COVID-19 during lockdowns.
- 5 August 2021 WA health experts say junk food and sugary drink sponsorships have no place in sport.
- 11 June 2021 Cancer Council WA welcomes State Government funding: Continuing our work in partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute on our policy related research into healthy eating and the impact of junk food advertising.
- 8 July 2020 Cancer Council WA partners with Telethon Kids Institute: Cancer Council WA has partnered with Telethon Kids Institute to receive funding from Healthway to deliver a Rapid Obesity Policy Translation Project.
Obesity Policy Review newsletter
The Obesity Policy Review is a monthly newsletter that aims to update the community on the latest obesity policy news, research and advocacy being undertaken.
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- Obesity Policy Review – December 2020 Edition
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Alcohol prevention policy
Our work to reduce harm from alcohol use
Cancer Council WA and our Alcohol Programs team work closely with other non-government organisations to advocate for improvements to the environment through policy change to reduce harm from alcohol use, including cancer. We also work to inform community discussion about alcohol issues with the aim of reducing the impacts of alcohol on the WA community, including as a cause of cancer. There are many policy options that are known to be effective. Cancer Council’s recommendations to reduce harms caused by alcohol are outlined in the National Cancer Prevention Policy.
Follow us on Twitter @AlcoholPolicyWA to keep up to date on our activities and key policy issues.
The Alcohol.Think Again education program is delivered by the Mental Health Commission in partnership with Cancer Council WA. The program informs the WA community of the range of alcohol-related harms, including cancer, and ways to minimise alcohol-related risk.
Alcohol Action Station e-newsletter
Alcohol Action Station is a fortnightly e-newsletter that aims to provide WA community members with the information and tools to take action on harms from alcohol. The purpose is to provide a brief update on the latest information on alcohol that we think will be of interest, with a focus on taking action. Sign up to the e-newsletter by emailing email@example.com.
Alcohol Action Station 2022 editions
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o Alcohol Action Station 9 December 2021
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o Alcohol Action Station 11 November 2021
o Alcohol Action Station 27 October 2021
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o Alcohol Action Station 29 September 2021
o Alcohol Action Station 15 September 2021
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- WA’s Hidden Crisis: Harm from Alcohol
- Health halo or genuine product development: Are better-for-you alcohol products actually healthier?
- Alcohol brands’ use of age-restriction controls on Facebook and Instagram in Australia
- Are Australian regulatory codes adequate in scope to protect youth from alcohol advertising?
- Alcohol industry arguments for putting profit before health in the midst of a pandemic: The Western Australian experience
- Giving the ok to ‘Stay in. Drink Up.’: What happens when the alcohol industry is in charge of alcohol marketing regulation during the COVID-19 pandemic
- An alcohol ad every 35 seconds: A snapshot of how the alcohol industry is using the pandemic as a marketing opportunity
- Alcohol advertisement characteristics that increase the likelihood of code breaches
- Ending cheap alcohol gets promising results
- The “Instagrammability of Pink Drinks”: How alcohol is marketed to women in Australia
- Alcohol use in Western Australia: Drinking patterns and harms
- Alcohol use in Western Australia: Long term harms from alcohol
- Alcohol use in Western Australia: Young people’s drinking patterns and harms
- Croakey – Calling for protection from a torrent of alcohol-related misinformation (June 2022)
- Croakey – Shedding light and making the case for better regulation of digital alcohol marketing (November 2021)
- Croakey – Alcohol marketing and digital platforms: stronger regulation is required (August 2021)
- MJA InSight+ – Big Alcohol and COVID-19: industry rules fail. Again. (April 2021)
- Movendi International – Exposing Big Alcohol arguments during the pandemic (October 2020)
- Hello Sunday Morning – When the chemist is promoting alcohol, do we have a problem? (October 2020)
- Pearls and Irritations – ‘Get them laughing to get them drinking’ and ‘Keep them drinking’ while they’re stuck at home. (June 2020)